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Old 6th April 2013, 01:43 AM
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Question on Chinese characters

Do chinese characters that look very similar always have a similar, overlapping, meaning ?

For example

and


and there are countless other examples.
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Re: Question on Chinese characters

I guess my question would be : when 2 chinese characters look very similar, what is the chance that they also share a similar meaning ? I don't think it's 100% of the time, but is it close to 90% or rather only 50% or perhaps even less than that ?
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Re: Question on Chinese characters

No. less than 50%.
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Re: Question on Chinese characters

ok thx
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Re: Question on Chinese characters

Yep, sometimes you can tell a bit about a character from its construction, but visual similarity does not imply similarity in meaning.

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Re: Question on Chinese characters

Thanks guys, very informative.

I believe my untrained eye is seeing similarity where there isn't.

A follow up question: When two characters are confusable from the perspective of an average chinese speaker, is it because (i) the two char look similar, (ii) they have a similar meaning or (iii) both (look similar and similar meaning)?

Between, I'm trying to figure out when a typo can occur in a chinese domain.

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Re: Question on Chinese characters

Typos occur when the keys people use to type produce accidentally selected results. It has little to do with visual character similarity.
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Re: Question on Chinese characters

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Typos occur when the keys people use to type produce accidentally selected results. It has little to do with visual character similarity.
true. I looked at it mostly they other way around and hadn't thought of this simple fact.
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Re: Question on Chinese characters

Although sometimes, characters that sound the same also look the similar.

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I will take Chinese as an example.We have the exact word for the exact meaning.For one part,we Chinese write sth.mostly depend on its pronounciation.But one pronounciation may have many different words,and each one has its meaning.Sometimes two different words may have the same pronouncation and their images are alike as well.So it happens
缘分 means destiny in Chinese.分 and 份 are pronounced in the same way.And you can see that they are quite alike.So we may write as 缘份,and make a mistake.For another,the image of the word in too complexed and write it in a wrong way.Got it?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...2232028AAFeS2k

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Re: Question on Chinese characters

When I read the thread, I can't help asking:
How Chinese characters became so complex?
Even as a person who was born in China, studied in China, and now work in China didn't realize that, maybe we got habitual.
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Re: Question on Chinese characters

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Do chinese characters that look very similar always have a similar, overlapping, meaning ?

For example

and


and there are countless other examples.
Actually, we don't use 伱 any more, it's a very old style of writing.
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Re: Question on Chinese characters

Never seen this character 伱
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Re: Question on Chinese characters

[EN] archaic variant of 你|你[nǐ]; you
[ZH] 伱 [nǐ]

[EN] you (informal, as opposed to polite 您[nín])
[ZH] 你 [nǐ]

[EN] you (polite, as opposed to informal 你[nǐ])
[ZH] 您 [nín]

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Never seen this character 伱
As I said, it's a very old style of writing. People like you and me were both born in modern times and no wonder we had no idea of the odd character.
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